We’ll only begin to understand the full mental health toll of the pandemic years from now. However, there is some consistency in the findings of various employee surveys which are worth noting as you continue to support your teams.
CharlieHR, a UK-based HR software provider, used data from a survey of 1,460 UK employees to look at the state of mental health at work. Their findings may sound familiar. They echo other surveys we’ve read and we wanted to publish the main points to remind managers of the pressures that their teams are likely still feeling.
Now, we acknowledge that this data was initially collected by a company seeking to sell mental health software solutions. But even if a fraction of those numbers above are reflective of our teams, there’s an awful lot of work to do.
And underlying all of this, we as managers face significant challenges in helping. According to the survey, 4 in 5 managers didn’t feel equipped to manage employee mental health issues. This really resonates. It’s one of the hardest things we’re called upon to do.
If you’d like more guidance on how to help your team through issues like this, you may wish to discuss specific training with your own manager when you next meet with them.
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We’ve compiled a list of questions you can ask your managers and team members to identify the challenges they face, and help you pick the right solutions.